Melanie Griffith Confronted By Kids About Drug Use

    July 5, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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Actress Melanie Griffith has battled demons awakened by drugs and alcohol for years, but she says it wasn’t until her daughters confronted her about it that she fully understood the damage she was doing to herself and her family.

“It wasn’t an intervention…well, sort of, in a way,” she told the L.A. Times. “My daughters really sat me down and said, look, Mom, this is what it is. Dakota and Stella, both. I don’t want to say what really happened, but they were the ones who said, “You really need to get help,” and I heard them and knew what they meant. And I saw it and I did it. But I couldn’t have done it without them. I really couldn’t have. And I’m so grateful. I see now I just didn’t get it before. It doesn’t mean that I’m stupid. It’s just that that’s what the disease is.”

The actress has struggled for years with substance abuse, which started after her breakout role in the ’80s film “Working Girl”. A high-profile divorce from actor Don Johnson didn’t help matters, and when she hurt her knee while skiing, she found a new way to get high in painkillers. After several stints in rehab, she couldn’t quite kick her habits until her daughters voiced their concern that she had a problem. Her husband, actor Antonio Banderas, says that hiding something like that from children is not easy, and wasn’t something the two of them were prepared to do.

“The pretending is the worst, because kids are so smart,” Banderas said. “They can see through all of those things, and if you don’t talk openly about problems, it creates a very dark place. They carry that through the rest of their lives, to their marriages, to their kids,” he said.

Griffith, 54, is currently working in a stage production called No Way Around But Through, which is written by and stars Scott Caan. Now three years sober and with four kids, she says she’s at a place in her life she can be comfortable with.

“I’m not desperate anymore or feeling weird about myself because I’m not working in this business. I’m older and wiser and there’s a lot more to life,” said Griffith.

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  • DD

    Antonio couldn’t get thru to her??? Did he try?? Her kids had to “sit her down” WOW

    • anonymous

      Relative to addictive behaviors, it is not uncommon for the input of a spouse to be categorized as criticism rather than concern. The input of one’s child is more likely to be viewed as pure and unselfishly heartfelt.
      I’m sure her husband tried or he would have walked away with the children long ago. Kudos to Antonio for not giving up on his wife and his family despite a continuing struggle to effectively reach her. Not an easy thing to do. I hope Ms. Griffiths appreciates how much she is loved, how much her family wants for her to be healthy, and sticks with her commitment.

    • Jim

      you, too are an asshole. Who cares who was able to convince her to go for help?

    • Pedro De Pacas

      I woulda got her really drunk and paranoid and have her go streaking down Santa Monica Blvd with the paparrazi right behind her!

  • Jo

    Most drug addicts are in denial about where the contol is. The drug is always in control, not the person. When an addict decides to take back control of their lives, then they can begin to heal. I love hearing family members caring enough, and being strong enough to not let an addict continue to destroy their life and the lives of others. That is what love is all about…

  • Brigitte

    What a good man Antonio is for sticking by her all these years. Even if he didn’t completely understand what she was going through, it’s obvious that he loves her and is committed to their marriage. It’s refreshing to see a famous couple still together after 15 years

  • Johnny DoNothing

    after such a bad facelift I would drink too

    • Jim

      You’re an asshole douchebag.

    • stephanie

      She was an addict a very long time before her plastic surgery. You don’t know her. What gives you the right to insult her?

  • http://yahoo Von

    I think it is wonderful Melanie got the help. She is a wonderful person, but addiction is a terrible disease.

  • http://webpronews angie

    I have never been bitten by the Atonio Banderas bug, but I do have a high opinion of him considering the fact that he has stuck by Melanie Griffith’s side during all these years of her pain meds addiction and stints in rehab. Most Hollywood couples divorce before the ink even drys on their marriage certificate. Unless you have been an addict have no idea what she went through. I truly don’t believe addicts set out to become addicts and that it gradually happens until one day they wake up a full-blown addict.

  • zickzubbo

    she takes it up the ass on 1st dates

    • Pedro De Pacas

      I hear your mother does too.

  • zickzubbo

    i banged her, she didnt even swallow on the 1st date.. but i filled her cheeks on the 2d one, and antonio the homo, tried to rub my nuts too!

    • Esmeralda

      You need to stop, evil people like you is what has got the world upside down. Freak!!!!!!

      • Pedro De Pacas

        Do you think if Mel got really super wasted, she’d consider acting in a “Donkey Show”, or maybe do some 2 on 1 action on the web?

    • Jim

      zickzubbo and johnny dunothing belong to the same club of internet asses who feel BIG when they say this kind of crap (making up for the small area between their ears and balls)

    • SinTexas

      zickzubbo! Your pathetic. I’m sure your loney and little and that’s why you post such shallow comments. Pretty sad little fellow. You would never even get close to anyone like Melanie. You have no class. So pathetic little weenie, go away. People are laughing at you, AGAIN!

    • Terry

      you are disgusting..

  • Mary Conry

    Please block disgusting uneducated, immature comments such as the one made by “zickzubbo” . . .what a creep!

    • cherry bomb

      I read Mackenzie Phillip’s auto bio & she said Melanie tried to get her into a sex orgy when she was eleven yrs. old & Melanie was fourteen.

      Maybe zick read the book? He’s not bad compared to the trolls on the message board I post on.

      As for her face, I’m thinking she looks older than her age because of drugs. Good for her, quitting. Some people get addicted to painkillers in a week!

      When i was in the U.K. & bought over the counter codeine, the label said “take for 3 days only, it’s addicting!”.

      & getting off it can be a month of hell.

  • Eric M

    Too bad it took her so long. It really shows in her face…

  • Rob

    This is your brain on drugs… This is your brain after multiple Face-lifts.. Like Father, like son? Think about it…

    • ensonion bash

      you people going on about waiting too long to get help,
      the way she looks, and facelifts need to know not everyone
      looks out of the same bird poop stained windows you do.
      I see a beautiful woman. Lines on her face give her character-she is a beautiful woman. Yoiu all sound like a bunch of low thinking gossips.

  • Kyle

    Hearing of Melanie Griffiths victory makes my heart soar. She found the combination of some rich qualities needed to overcome a serious addiction. Commendable!

  • siobhan

    Hate to sound like a cynic, but I’d be more likely to believe MG’s statement about her addictions if it weren’t the same thing she’s been saying again and again for the better part of 30 years.

  • http://patwallace49@yahoo.com pat wallace

    How many times does it take in rehab before she will really strive for a cure? If she truly loves her family, why is she not over it? Is there really love there? I do wish her well, if only she could be strong. No one can do it for her!